Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Deputy Project Manager, Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, Cambodia

Deputy Project Manager, Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, Cambodia

Münster Zoo is seeking a highly motivated and dedicated Deputy Project Manager for the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) in Cambodia (ideally a vet, zoologist or veterinary technician with relevant experience in project management).


The ACCB, located on 25 hectares of land at the historical site of Kbal Spean in the Phnom Kulen National Park, 40 km north of Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor, is the first Nature Conservation Centre in Cambodia. Its aim is to contribute to the preservation of wildlife and biodiversity, mainly in the northwest of the country. A rescue and breeding facility for threatened wildlife and an environmental education programme aimed at the local population as well as international tourists are the heart of the ACCB.

Münster Zoo and ZGAP started the project in 2001. A respective "Memorandum of Agreement" on the establishment of the nature conservation centre was signed with the Cambodian government in May 2002, and the corner stone was laid in April 2003. At the beginning of 2004, the first areas of the centre were put into operation.

The main goals of the ACCB are:

- Rescue and rehabilitation of native Cambodian wildlife.
- Conservation breeding (and in the longer term re-introduction / re-stocking) of selected globally threatened species.
- Environmental education and capacity building to promote the sustainable use of natural resources, and development of awareness programmes for specific target groups (communities, students, tourists).
- In situ wildlife conservation and research.

For more information, please refer to the project's website at:

Duties and responsibilities:

Working with the Project Manager, the Deputy Project Manager will be responsible for the maintenance and further development of the ACCB and its different project components.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

- Day to day co-management of the project and supervision of different components (including staff and volunteers), in particular ACCB’s environmental education and sustainable tourism programme.
- Administration, accounting, and reporting to given deadlines.
- Implementation of management, administrative and operational systems, development of infrastructure, appropriate staff training and cooperation with Cambodian authorities and local, national and international NGOs.
- Support of fundraising activities and development of project proposals.
- Active involvement in animal care as required.

Requirements and skills:

- University degree (biology, ecology, veterinary medicine, natural resource management or related field).
- Practical experience in project planning and office management, administration, budgeting, reporting, accounting and fundraising.
- Good organisational skills, reliability and ability to multi-task.
- Ability to work independently, but in close co-operation with the Project Manager on site and the project executing organisations in Germany.
- Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic communication skills, and experience in staff management and development.
- Very good command of English (oral and written) and good writing skills.
- Ability to cope with simple living conditions in a rural and isolated area.
- Physically fit and ability to live in a hot and humid climate.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Practical skills.
- Previous experience in international conservation work, ideally involving government departments, and especially involving environmental education and sustainable tourism.
- Work experience in tropical developing countries, especially in Southeast-Asia.

Conditions/ remuneration:

- Basic remuneration is 1000 USD per month.
- High-quality, free, shared accommodation on site.
- 6 weeks of leave per year in agreement with the Project Manager.
- Air travel from home base to project site at start and end of contract.
- One international home flight is provided once a year.
- Business travel expenses will be covered.
- Reasonable personal use of an office vehicle.

An initial contract of one year will be offered, subject to a three-month probation period. However, preference will be given to persons indicating that they are willing to commit to a longer period. The contract will be offered on a compensatory volunteer basis, not as permanent staff of Münster Zoo. Therefore, no social insurance contributions will be paid.

As soon as possible. The current holder of the position will stay on site until the beginning of December; a period of vocational adjustment would be desirable.

Closing date for application: 30.10.2009

Please send your application documents including curriculum vitae and references via email to:
Dr. Martina Raffel,
Allwetterzoo Münster,
Sentruper Straße 315,
D-48161 Münster,
email raffel@allwetterzoo.de
Tel.: ++49-(0)251-8904220,
Fax : ++49-(0)251-8904130.

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